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A lasting legacy: Philip George Neal

Philip George Neal (1950-2011)

Philip George Neal (1950-2011)

Philip George Neal, a dairy farmer from South Gippsland, in Victoria, has made an extremely significant bequest to support stem cell research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Philip and wish I had the chance to thank him during his lifetime,” said CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston.

Born in 1950 in Buffalo, Victoria, Philip was interested in animals and farming from a young age. He worked as a herd tester from 1968 to 1975, when he bought a herd of dairy cows and took over a farm at Fish Creek.

In December 1980, Philip suddenly found it very hard to read a telephone book. He went to the local doctor who referred him to a specialist in Melbourne. Philip had developed Optic Atrophy causing a sudden degeneration of the optic nerve.

In 1983, despite his limited vision, he began a tertiary course in a Diploma of Applied Science in Agriculture as a mature age student, earning him the nickname “Gramps” from his fellow students. Despite his vision loss, with the use of adaptive technology, Philip developed keen computer skills and began investing in the share market.

According to his cousin Bob Neal, Philip was a fiercely independent man and always made the most of his situation in life.

Before he died, Philip made the generous decision to bequeath the greater portion of his estate to benefit medical research in specific areas, namely heart research, cancer research and eye stem cell research.

If you are interested in learning more about leaving a gift in your will, please contact Bethan Hazell for a confidential discussion on (03) 9929 8424.